Nighthawk

As autumn settles in the vineyards, the vines turn a vibrant hue and the winemakers turn up their sleeves. The hardworking partners at Nighthawk Vineyards are no exception. The results of their diligence and passion are clear in their tantalizing wines. This season, as you turn to the robust, complex flavours suited to cooler weather, have a look at what’s landed at Nighthawk. After more than 20 months in French oak, the 2012 Syrah has proven to be worth the wait, recently taking home Gold for Best of Varietal (2016 Spring Wine Festival). It’s clear to see why, as this…

MEYER

JAK and Janice Meyer of Meyer Family Vineyards are great admirers of expertise, and this attitude is evident in their wine. The vineyard, located just outside Okanagan Falls, specializes in creating single vineyard wines of distinction crafted in the traditions of Burgundy, with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their philosophy is clearly paying off. Decanter magazine mentioned the vineyard’s Pinot Noir twice in their article: “The Best Pinot Noirs In the World—Outside Burgundy,” naming it as one of their 30 highly recommended wines and one of the “Best-value wines tasted.” Recently the vineyard shipped 600 cases of Pinot…

25years

Ron Taylor, an influential winemaker who had a long career at Andrés Wines in Port Moody, wrote a recurring column called “Reflections in a Wine Glass” beginning in 1996 on the history of the wine industry. Dr. Larry Anderson contributed a column on wine and health and there were also articles about wine business and marketing. Wine scientist Gary Strachan and winemaker Anne Sperling also contributed to various issues. Contrary to the hard reporting style of most traditional news media, articles were generally very positive and upbeat about the industry. “There really wasn’t a lot to criticize,” remembers Gamble. Gamble…

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Autumn in wine country is a time to celebrate! Wine lovers seeking something delicious and entertaining need only fly south to Okanagan Falls to enjoy the excitement of the season.   On October 1st, Wild Goose Vineyards hosts their 3rd annual Beale Street Festival (12pm-3pm). Revel in the beautiful Okanagan weather and savour the Blues at this popular Fall Wine Fest event. Your ticket includes seating at the Vineyard Stage, lunch from the delectable Smoke & Oak Bistro and a glass of Wild Goose wine. Tickets available online  www.wildgoosevineyards.com or at the wine shop. Wild Goose’s most recent releases are…

DestinationBC

Lovers of food and drink come from all corners to savour the flavours of BC’s Thompson Okanagan. Here, orchards, vineyards and lakes create a unique landscape. Amid the vines, in winery restaurants, and on patios overlooking the verdant valley—there is no end of places to try robust Merlots and crisp Pinot Gris. Wineries punctuate the way along Route 97, from Osoyoos in the south, near the US border, to the sagebrush hills north of Kamloops. Tuscan-style dinners, guided strolls through a barrel cellar, yoga and art classes, outdoor concerts, and overnights in cosy vineyard accommodation make for rich and varied…

Legend

An hour spent on Legend Distilling’s patio, contemplating its surreal view of Okanagan Lake and Giant’s Head Mountain while sipping on a hand-crafted cocktail, will help you distill the essence of pretty much anything – from the right-place, right-timeness of autumn in Naramata… to the meaning of life. The craft distillery on Naramata Road has gone from secret discovery to legendary status about as fast as its Gone in 60 Seconds cocktail. On trend, Dawn and Doug Lennie’s Legend Distilling is one of only a handful of distilleries in the Okanagan and a sublime addition to the Valley’s burgeoning foodie…

Marichel

Richard Roskell, owner, viticulturist and winemaker of Marichel Winery on the Naramata Bench says his take on winemaking is very hands off. “The wine is quintessentially an expression of the farm. I don’t manipulate the wine… it’s the vineyard you are tasting.” Marichel produces about 1,500 cases a year of Syrah and Viognier wines from the winery and vineyard tucked away at the end of Littlejohn Road with its expansive view of vineyards, the lake and Summerland’s Giants Head Mountain. Countless photos have been taken from Marichel’s patio with lovely wine bottles and half-full glasses of a white or a…

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Sometimes it’s a smile or a chuckle and other times a full on belly laugh as drivers and cyclists on Naramata Road slow down to take in Hillside Winery & Bistro’s ever changing clever signs: Fresh local wine! U-pick, Love the wine you’re with! If you walk a mile in my shoes…you will be at a wine bar. When life gives you lemons – sell them to buy wine, Are you celebrating Canada Day…with red, white & ros-eh?… These funny signs serve a serious purpose. They reflect Hillside’s take that their award-winning, small case lot, passionately and expertly crafted wine…

Vows&Vines

If you’ve been to a few weddings, or helped plan your own, you will certainly know there are a fair share of problems that can arise during the course of the day. Fortunately there are a wide range of professionals that can foresee mishaps and know the tricks to make your day memorable in the right way. In the Okanagan, the Vines and Vows team of Jillian Buchanan and Tammi Foster are the experts on the Naramata Bench and have now expanded to Penticton and beyond, creating dozens of amazing worry-free wedding days each year. Vines and Vows Wedding Planners…

LakeBreeze

Accessed off Naramata’s main road by a farm-lined lane, most people fall for the winery long before they’ve even set foot in the tasting room. It begins when they are greeted atop the clay bluff that the winery rests upon by a panoramic view of Lake Okanagan, spanning from the south shores of Penticton north to Okanagan Mountain Park. From this breathtaking lookout, patrons are whisked down a garden-lined path, with the cooling breeze from the lake at their back, down to the wineshop, cellar, patio restaurant, and several other buildings clustered together in a Tuscan-style that can quickly make…